Originally Posted by RakeshR
Fair point, very fair point. The problem is I'll be working with a DAW and I will need the Audiofire regardless of whichever preamp I choose.
I was very satisfied with the mico after listening to clips, just felt the Summit would provide me with more coloration options. But you've highlight a very good point that's swayed me back to the Mico.
I've got one possible monkey wrench for the mico tho. How would the Mico fare when used for passive ribbons? I've found a real good deal for a couple of fatheads and now I'm wondering if the lack of switchable impedance on the Mico may be an issue? I know I can't expect one preamp to cover all bases but at 1.8k ohm, would that work well on 200-300ohm ribbon mics?
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I get that you need the Audiofire dongle, and it probably works well in that mode.
As for impedance, you'd probably want the impedance of the preamp to be in the 2-3K ohm range (i.e., 10 x ribbon output impedance). However, I don't think it makes THAT much of a difference. My preamps are 2.2K input (not much above the Mico), and they sound great with ribbons.
Honestly, regardless of the amount of gain in the preamp I think slapping a Fethead on the ribbon mic makes a lot of difference in performance -- just the added volts pushing the mic signal down the line reduces EMI dramatically. If you're in a real studio EMI might not be such a problem, but for location-recording people (like me) it's a bigger problem.
It sounds like the Summit might give you more of what you're looking for, though. Perhaps it is your better option.